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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Super sum-up

Some random thoughts about Super Bowl XLVI:

* The fact that a team that went 9-7 in the regular season can win the NFL title is a testament to how mediocre the league has become. (For God's sake, if the Eagles had won just one more game in the regular season, the Giants wouldn't have even made the playoffs.)

* I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but it's just a little too coincidental for comfort that the Giants' two Super Bowl wins over the Patriots — in 2008 and last night — each featured a late-in-the-fourth-quarter comeback drive by Big Blue that included a highlight reel catch (the David Tyree helmet catch four years ago and Mario Manningham's just-inside-the-sideline grab last night) and a go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute to play. As a Giants-hating friend of mine on Long Island would say, it seems scripted.

* How the ball bounces really can make a difference: The Giants' two self-recovered fumbles last night, including one deep in their own territory, were game savers. If the Patriots had picked up one or both of those loose balls, there likely would be no joy in Jersey today.

* I truly liked only three commercials during the game: the Pepsi ad with Elton John, the TaxACT spot with the little boy who really has to pee, and the one from reliably funny Doritos in which the baby in the slingshot grabs the chips from the kid in the treehouse. The rest were pretty forgettable.

* The Honda ad with Matthew Broderick reprising his lead role from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" didn't make me feel nostalgic for the 1986 movie. It merely made me realize how old Matthew Broderick looks these days.

* I read this morning the rapper M.I.A. flipped the bird to the TV cameras during Madonna's halftime performance. That was news to me. I watched the whole performance and didn't see it happen. It must have been over in less than a second.

* I'm not a Madonna fan, but I will say this: She looks as good at age 53 as she did in her 30s.

And lastly...

* The fact that three of the six comments I just wrote had nothing to do with the game itself is a testament to how the Super Bowl has, over the years, become less of a football game and more of a cultural happening.



Blogger BillyB said...

"The fact that a team that went 9-7 in the regular season can win the NFL title is a testament to how mediocre the league has become." That is the purpose of the hard salary cap. So...well done NFL?

February 6, 2012 at 4:08 PM 

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